Valediction | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, June 10, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 04:46 PM, July 02, 2017


The day of our last parting, the rain

        refused to let up, pelting the window

pane in relentless waves. At least

        it was something we could look at.

Necessary, for the best, not really

        an end, I reasoned with dull anodynes.

Your head angled away in defiant rage,

        you said nothing. I faltered. The rain

poured in gray sheets on the buildings

        and billboards, blurring the contours

of the known, all faith suddenly infirm.

       Your gaze fixed in the gray distance,

perhaps you saw something I couldn't.

       Perhaps, maybe, if only. The minutes 

stung like needles of rain. The clouds 

       conferred, lightning struck the gavel,

and the universe rumbled its verdict.

Nausheen Eusuf's poems have appeared in PN Review, Wasafiri, World Literature Today, and other journals.

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